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Aurora Water-wise Garden

Visit the Water-wise garden in the fallYes, Water-wise landscaping has color!Water-wise landscaping is friendly to the environment and easy to maintain.Great place to collect your thoughts!Come take a stroll through our 10 acre Water-wise demonstration garden.

The Aurora Water-wise Garden covers six acres in the middle of the city and is a beautiful botanical display of different landscaping techniques and more than 200 low-water plant species. The garden is located at the northwest corner of Alameda Parkway and Chambers Road and is open daily from dawn until dusk. 

The 2002 drought served as a catalyst for the garden's creation as the city recognized the need to show the community a viable water-wise and low-maintentance alternative to Kentucky bluegrass exists. Signage explains the seven pricinciples of water-wise landscaping and plants are labeled. Several themed beds within the garden demonstrate locally relevant planting and design techniques.

Aurora Water incorporates environmental stewardship and horticulturally sound principles in maintaining the garden. Additionally, the garden is recognized as a Habitat Hero garden by the Audubon Society and as a showcase garden by Plant Select

The garden requires very little water and uses only reclaimed, nonpotable water from Aurora’s Sand Creek Reclamation Facility for irrigation. Reclaimed water has been treated, but is not suitable for drinking. The majority of the city’s parks, golf courses, and open spaces are irrigated this way. Using reclaimed water lessens the impact on the city’s drinking water supply.

During the spring and summer, join us for one of our many free water-wise classes or on a guided tour of the garden. 

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